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Morris Habitat for Humanity to Host Lowe’s Build Day Lowe’s grant will fund Netcong Aging in Place project

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Morris Habitat for Humanity will host Lowe’s Build Days on August 22 and 23 at Arbolino Park in Netcong to mark the beginning of construction activities for Morris Habitat’s Aging-in-Place project in the Borough of Netcong.  The event kick-off will begin at 8:30 a.m. with welcome remarks from Morris Habitat, Lowe’s and the Borough of Netcong.  Volunteer teams from Lowe’s will be working alongside Morris Habitat construction supervisors and volunteers over two consecutive days to complete the work – weather permitting. 

Morris Habitat has been has been awarded a $40,000 Aging in Place grant from Lowe’s to help revitalize Arbolino Park and assist income-eligible Netcong seniors with home repairs or upgrades necessary for them to live comfortably and safely in their homes.   Modifications to the park will enable seniors and those with disabilities to participate and enjoy the recreational activities offered in the park located in the shores of Lake Musconetcong.

The grant from Lowe's to the Morris Habitat Aging-in-Place project is one aspect of a five-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity International.  The partnership has been instrumental in helping more than 6,500 families nationwide improve their living conditions.  Each year, Lowe’s supports Habitat’s National Women Build Week and conducts hundreds of how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills.

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 “We are so grateful to Lowe’s for their generous support in our community and around the U.S.,” said Blair Schleicher Bravo, CEO of Morris Habitat for Humanity. “Through their support of this program, we are able to improve conditions in Netcong, and help build strength, stability and self-reliance in communities throughout Morris County, NJ.”

“Lowe’s shares Habitat’s vision that having a safe, stable home brings strength, security and pride to families and ultimately communities,” said James Frison, Lowe’s Community Relations Director. “It’s important for us to support Morris Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization and Aging in Place programs and help revive towns like Netcong, NJ, making them places where people love to live.”

A national partner since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat for Humanity and helped more than 6,500 families improve their living conditions. Each year, Lowe’s provides grants and volunteer assistance to affiliates, supports National Women Build Week and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills.

n the conviction that every man, woman and child should live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.  Morris Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

Since 1985 Morris Habitat has served 400 families though homeownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs.  Of these, 100 homes were home repair projects and 80 were new homes.  Proceeds from the ReStore, opened May 2007, have funded the construction of 22 homes and diverted almost 5,800 tons of useable material out of landfills.  

Morris Habitat for Humanity is located at 274 South Salem Street, Randolph. ReStore hours are Tues & Thur. 10 - 8 p.m., Wed, Fri & Sat 10 - 6 p.m.  Visit www.MorrisHabitat.org for more information. 

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